One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he had the acquisitive instinct of a magpie’
greedy, hoarding, covetous, avaricious, possessive, grasping, grabbing, predatory, avid, rapacious, mercenary, materialistic, money-oriented
informal money-grubbing, money-grabbing, on the make
North American informal grabby
Australian informal hungry
rare quaestuary, Mammonish, Mammonistic
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